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8:58 am
Tue June 25, 2013

My Farm Roots: Lessons from the farm crisis

Farmer Mark Kenney
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I met Mark Kenney on his family’s farm in Nevada, Iowa, when I was working on a story about farmer taxes. He turned out to be perfect for that — a farmer with a keen interest in spreadsheets.

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Agriculture
8:32 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Mid-Mo organizers call for organic agriculture to promote health, environment

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A group of Columbia activists are promoting organic agricultural practices as a way to improve community health and the environment. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition met Thursday, June 20, to discuss ways to better the environment through organic agriculture.

The Columbia Climate Change Coalition is part of Peoples’ Visioning, which is a group that discusses climate, finance, energy, public health, education and transportation.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:20 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Nebraska outbreak of rare horse disease puts Missouri horse owners on alert

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Missouri horse owners are on alert for signs of a rare horse disease after an outbreak in 12 horses in Nebraska earlier this month.

Equine infectious anemia, or EIA, is a viral disease spread by biting insects and the sharing of medical needles between horses. While the virus is related to HIV in humans, EIA can only be contracted by horses, donkeys, and mules.

Dr. Phillip Johnson is a professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri. He says the most common outcome for an infected horse in North America is euthanasia.

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Business
4:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

REDI working to help startups

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Entrepreneurs in Columbia might get a boost from a program being designed to help business startups.

The Columbia City Council last week allocated $150,000 to Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, with an original goal of providing loans for new small businesses.

But REDI is instead working with the University of Missouri and the Small Business and Technology Development Center to devise a program that would do more than simply provide loans.

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Crime
2:47 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Drug-related shooting kills one in east Columbia

The most recent shooting in Columbia happened in the parking lot outside of El Maguey restaurant off of Conley Road.
Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Another shooting in a highly trafficked area of Columbia has left one man dead.

Around 11 o’clock Sunday night,  25-year-old Anthony M. Unger was shot and killed in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Conley and Brickton roads. That parking lot houses El Maguey Mexican restaurant and Robinsons Cleaners.

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Faith/Religion
8:17 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Religious leaders call for local support against torture

Richard Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, gave a lecture on the alleged U.S-sponsored torture after the Sept. 11 attacks on Saturday evening at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia, Mo. He calls for support from local religious community to act against torture.
Credit Joyu Wang / KBIA

National advocates called for local support against alleged U.S.-sponsored torture during the period following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

This was the main theme of a lecture held at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Saturday evening.

Richard Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, said torture is illegal and immoral.

"It doesn't only violate tenets of all religions, but torture also has made the country more insecure and unsafe," he said.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:03 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Missouri faces shortage of primary care doctors

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Missouri is facing a shortage of primary care doctors, and the strain could grow as more people soon gain health insurance under the federal health care law.

The state had just under 74 active patient care primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, according to 2010 figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges. That ranked Missouri 35th in the nation and put it behind the national per capita average of more than 79 active primary care doctors per 100,000 residents.

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Crime
8:01 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Suspect in MU student's kidnapping arrested

Brian Adkison
Credit Morgan County Sheriff's Department / KOMU

A man charged with kidnapping a University of Missouri student has been captured after eluding officers for several days.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that 23-year-old Brian Adkison of Columbia was caught while authorities were investigating a residential burglary call. He is jailed in Morgan County.

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Business
7:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Realtors angry over Columbia rental property ordinances

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A proposal from the city of Columbia to enforce occupancy limits for rental properties is angering local real estate agents.

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Agriculture
7:50 am
Mon June 24, 2013

AgriMissouri conference comes to Jefferson City next month

Credit USDA

An agriculture conference in Jefferson City next month will include sessions about marketing, organizing a business and hiring employees.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture says the 2013 AgriMissouri Conference is scheduled for July 21-23. The event will feature panel discussions, speakers and workshops for individuals and businesses operating at farmers' markets, on the farm and through storefronts.

Attendees also will get the chance to visit several agritourism operations, including bed-and-breakfasts and wineries.

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Agriculture
7:27 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Animal trespass' bill proposed

Credit Hilary Stohs-Krause / NET

A cattle producers' group wants Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to sign legislation relaxing potential penalties when livestock get loose.

Livestock producers currently can be charged with misdemeanor animal neglect if they fail to provide adequate care or control resulting in substantial harm to an animal.

A bill pending before the governor would apply the animal neglect charge only to inadequate care — not poor control.

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Crime
7:24 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Mo. fire marshal advises caution with fireworks

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The Missouri fire marshal's office is urging people to be cautious with fireworks, saying that people should light only one at a time and keep water nearby.

Sales of fireworks by licensed seasonal retailers in Missouri began last week and continue through July 9.

State Fire Marshal Randy Cole said the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch public displays by trained professionals.

Cole's office recommended that anyone drinking alcohol avoid handling fireworks and consider giving the duties to a "designated shooter."

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Science, Health and Technology
5:24 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Former insurance executive speaks out for Medicaid expansion

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A former health insurance company executive says he left the comforts of a padded career of corporate jets and high rise offices to speak out against unfair insurance practices.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:55 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Lee's Summit getting Google high speed Fiber

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Another Kansas City suburb has signed on to receive Google Fiber, the search giant's high-speed Internet service.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:48 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Ash borer found in 2 more Missouri counties

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The tree-killing emerald ash borer has been found in two more southern Missouri counties, prompting the Missouri Department of Agriculture to place quarantines on the movement of ash wood products in those counties.

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